Sunday, July 17, 2016

TWB Announces New Company Member

Eun Won Lee

From our friends at The Washington Ballet...

Eun Won Lee Joins Company

Former principal dancer with Korean National Ballet

Artistic Director Julie Kent is pleased to announce new Company member Eun Won Lee who joins TWB after serving for six years as a principal dancer with Korean National Ballet. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, South Korea and also attended Ye Won Art School.

Lee is the distinguished recipient of The Korea Ballet Association's Prima Ballerina Award and New Artist Award; Korea Ballet Competition's Senior Silver Medal & Prima Ballerina Award; Varna Ballet Competition's Junior Bronze Medal; Shanghai Ballet Competition's Junior Silver Medal; Seoul International Ballet Competition's Grand Prix Junior Gold Medal and Vaganova Prix International Competition's Elegance Award.

Lee has danced diverse repertoire including leading roles in The Taming of the Shrew (Cranko), Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Spartacus, Raymonda, L'Arlésienne and The Nutcracker among others.

Kent is eager to start work with Company dancers in the fall as she continues the TWB commitment to attracting the best dancers from around the world. "It is gratifying to know that in this 40th anniversary of the Company we continue to honor founder Mary Day's vision and great expectations for the Company. I am confident that our unique artistic profile will be further elevated with the arrival of Eun Won Lee and her commitment to further development as an artist."

In addition to Lee, it was previously announced that Rolando Sarabia and Brittany Stone also join the Company this season. Adelaide Clauss joins as an Apprentice, Alexandros Pappajohn joins the Studio Company and Stephen Nakagawa has been promoted to the Studio Company from the TWB trainee program.

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The Washington Ballet (TWB) was originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976. The Washington Ballet is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States. TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián, as well as neoclassical masterworks and fresh staging of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Interim Executive Director Shakira Segundo and incoming Artistic Director Julie Kent, TWB continues to serve its three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs.